Van Slyke hits 1st HR of MLB season, Hill 1st hit
MAR 22, 2014 6:28a ET
SYDNEY (AP) Scott Van Slyke of the Los Angeles Dodgers has hit the first home run of the 2014 Major League Baseball season on opening day in Australia.
Van Slyke connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. He homered off Wade Miley of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The new season began after thunderstorms caused a 14-minute delay at the start.
Once the weather cleared, Miley threw the first pitch. It was a called strike to Yasiel Puig, who struck out on three pitches.
This is the first regular-season game that MLB has played in Australia. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks are set to wrap up their two-game series on Sunday.
The long trip to the opener took even longer for some Arizona players.
One of the team buses had a flat tire, and the Diamondbacks said ''a handful'' of players and some staff decided to walk the last half-mile to the stadium instead of waiting for a replacement bus to arrive.